Grey heeds Jarencio’s call in GlobalPort’s upset of Rain or Shine

Delfin Dioquino
Grey heeds Jarencio’s call in GlobalPort’s upset of Rain or Shine
The 3-year guard sinks a game-winner that puts the Batang Pier on the brink of becoming just the 4th No. 8 team in PBA's history to advance to the semifinals

MANILA, Philippines – Challenged by GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio to bring his A-game as the Batang Pier sought an upset top seed Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the quarterfinals, Jonathan Grey delivered the goods. 

Grey capped off a 22-point night with a game-winning triple that lifted the Batang Pier to a 114-113 come-from-behind win over the twice-to-beat Elasto Painters – forging a rubber match that many pundits did not see coming. 

Sabi niya (Jarencio) sa akin bago magstart parang, ‘Jo, pakitaan mo naman ako. Bigay mo naman sa akin ‘to.’ So ‘yung coach mo, kinakausap ka ng ganoon, parang iba na,” the 3-year guard told reporters after the game. 

(He told me at the start of the game, ‘Jo, show me something else. Give this game to me.’ If your coach talks to you like that, that is different.) 

Magiging confident ka talaga na, ‘Tang*** ‘, maglalaro ka ng maganda. Binibigay niya sayo ‘yung tiwala e. Ibang klase.” 

(When that happens, you will really play with confidence, you will really play well. He gave me his trust. It is a different feeling.) 

The Batang Pier trailed by as much as 16 points in the 3rd quarter before the 3-year guard, who scored just 3 points in the first two frames, went on a scoring onslaught in the second half. 

Grey chipped in 7 of his output in the 3rd period as GlobalPort trimmed its deficit to 9 points, 83-91, before turning it up a notch in the final quarter by scoring 12 points, highlighted by a booming triple with 11.5 seconds left off a Malcolm White pass. 

Andami kong open shots, 3 points, free throws, lahat open and andami kong na-miss. Tinulungan ako ni Stanley (Pringle) tsaka nila coach Pido, nila coach Rensy (Bajar), na sinabi lang nila na itira ko lang na itira at wag isipin ang sablay.”

(I had a lot of open shots, 3 points and free throws and I missed many of them. Stanley, coach Pido and coach Rensy helped me and told me to just shoot my shot and not think about it when I miss.) 

Grey will once again be pivotal as the Batang Pier seek to become just the 4th No. 8 team to topple a No. 1 squad in the quarterfinals when they meet the Elasto Painters in a do-or-die bout on Thursday, July 12, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.